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one of a set of 90 bracelets
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • one of a set of 90 bracelets, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Northwestern Australia
  • wood, string, feather, marsupial fur, dye
  • Object Diameter: 9 cm largest
    Object Diameter: 3 1/2 in largest
    Object Diameter: 6.5 cm smallest
    Object Diameter: 2 1/2 in smallest
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2859.29

This is one of a set of 90 bangle style bracelets, each made of wood and wrapped with string. The individual bracelets are wrapped with orange, grey, brown or brown and white string. Some are further embellished with tufts of marsupial fur, orange parrot feathers, or downy white feathers.

Six bracelets are decorated with white down.
Four bracelets are decorated with orange and green parrot feathers.
The remaining bracelets are decorated with marsupial fur.